DeBuse_TreatServerFeatured Presenter: Chandra DeBuse

Handbuilding III
January 17-19, 2014

Chandra DeBuse is a full-time studio potter and educator in Kansas City, MO. Originally from a tiny town in Nebraska, Chandra DeBuse earned a degree in psychology before discovering her love for making pottery during a community class. After studying ceramics at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, she completed her MFA from the University of Florida in 2010. Chandra has completed artist residencies at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, FL, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, and Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, MT. She was also a visiting artist and adjunct instructor at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, FL. Chandra has been named an Emerging Artist through the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA, 2012) and also was named an emerging artist in the May 2012 issue of Ceramics Monthly magazine.  Recently, Chandra presented workshops at Northern Clay Center (Minneapolis, MN), Baltimore Clayworks (Baltimore, MD), Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, TN), and the “Handbuilt for CERF+” Conference (Philadelphia, PA).


Chandra’s playful forms and narrative pottery can be seen at


Ceramic Artist – Chandra DeBuse is featured in Ceramic Arts Daily: Productive Play: How Playful Experimentation Leads to Fun Pottery Forms!




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Handbuilding III

Natchez, Mississippi

January 17-19, 2014

Chandra will share how she transforms her sketchbook drawings into three dimensional clay forms by using soft slabs in conjunction with custom molds and templates made from wood, craft foam, bisqued clay, and other low-tech materials. Students can expect to learn new ways to design their own simple forms or to create multiple parts for building complex pieces. Chandra will discuss integrating surface design with form to create a visual narrative. She will share techniques for freehand drawing, direct image transfer with flexible stamps, underglaze inlay, sgraffito, and the use of wax and underglaze.


Chandra will address the importance of timing in both building and surface decorating stages. She will provide strategies for minimizing cracking and warping in complex composite pieces. She will walk students through the process of glazing, firing and finishing narrative vessels. Although Chandra works with mid-range white stoneware, her forming and surfacing techniques are transferable to all temperature ranges and firing processes. Throughout her demonstration, Chandra will cite examples of how play, as process, pushes her work forward.CMEA_DeBuse_CatchPlatter


Chandra will demonstrate the following techniques:


  • Handbuilding nesting dishes with craft foam templates
  • Creating a hollow handle from a craft foam template
  • Building forms with molds from bisqued clay and wood
  • Using flexible stamps and drafting templates to create low-relief imagery
  • Combining techniques to make composite pieces
  • Freehand drawing of lines and patterns using wax and underglaze inlay
  • Direct image transfer with flexible stamps
  • Creating illustrated characters using underglaze sgraffito
  • Using underglazes to color illustrated surfaces





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